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Chelsea Wolfe Unveils Single 'American Darkness' + Video

Chelsea Wolfe Unveils Single 'American Darkness' + Video

Wednesday 17th July, 2019 11:21AM

US goth figurehead Chelsea Wolfe has a new album Birth Of Violence on the horizon, and has today unveiled that record's latest single, the captivatingly spectral 'American Darkness'. A stretched-out and vaporous ballad showcasing Wolfe's vocal drawl to glorious effect, 'American Darkness' comes accompanied by an evocative video directed by Karlos Rene Ayala, drawing inspiration from the mystical symbology of The Tarot deck, as Wolfe explains...

"It began as a sort of homage to a scene in the Paul Thomas Anderson film Magnolia, where the characters are singing along to the Aimee Mann song “Wise Up,” but I wanted our version to be explored through the lens of The Tarot. I’ve been reading tarot cards for myself for many years, and researching the symbolic expressions of the cards for this video made me want to dive even deeper. To represent that, I played both The Fool and The High Priestess cards in the video, to embody both the beginning of the journey, and the realization that the sacred knowledge I was seeking was inside me all along. We cast friends to play a few other tarot archetypes, and Karlos’ idea was to bring the symbols and signifiers into the contemporary; deconstructed, and made everyday – “the magical and the unexceptional.” I loved that. At the same time, we really wanted to challenge the binary of the traditional tarot cards, and give them more diversity, which is something important that many cool artists and witches are doing. I’m such a fan of Karlos Rene Ayala as a writer, director, documentarian and friend, and have looked forward to making a video with him for a long time."

'Birth Of Violence' is out on Friday 13th September via Sargent House.


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